Celebrating 40 Years of Priesthood: Fr. Pat Lennon, a native of the parish of Drumlish/Ballinamuck, is forty years ordained this year. There will be a special Mass of thanksgiving on Friday, 14th of June at 7.30 pm, in St. Brigid’s Church, Ardagh. This will be followed by a social and refreshments in the Local Community Centre. Anyone who is free is welcome to come along and make this a joyful celebration for Fr. Pat and his family.
Cemetery Sunday: Cemetery Sunday in Drumlish & Ballinamuck will take place on Sunday June 16th. It is at this time that we assemble in all three cemeteries to pray for all our deceased relatives and friends.
First Friday: Next Friday is the First Friday – the sick and housebound will be attended as usual. If there are any parishoners who are unable to attend Mass and would like to be attended monthly, please let Fr.Patsy or Fr. Ber know.
Ballinalee Connemara Pony Show: The above will take place on Sunday next June 9th. A Parade through the village will start at 1.30pm featuring the Rose of the Show. All welcome.
Exam Season: Our prayers and thoughts will be with the young people of the parish who begin their exams this week. We join their families and friends in wishing them every success in the upcoming Junior and Leaving Certificate exams and assure them of our prayers.
Ballinamuck Tidy Towns: Tidy up arranged for Wednesday evening 5th at 7.30 starting at the hall hope to see as many as possible out,
The Marquee in Drumlish Festival: Line up for 2013 - Friday August 16th: Delorentos followed by DJ Fergal Darcy; Saturday August 17th: Declan Nerney & Nathan Carter; Sunday August 18th: Sharon Shannon & Mundy followed by The Aftermath. Recently voted in the Top 10 places in Ireland to change your life, huge crowds are expected again at this years festival. Anyone with a room to spare willing to operate B&B locally, please contact Eimear Kellegher on 086 8809938.
First Holy Communion: First Holy Communion took place in St. Patrick’s Church Ballinamuck on Sunday last at 11.30am Mass. We congratulate the children, their parents and their teacher on this wonderful occasion.
Tidy Town’s: Thanks everyone who came out and did their bit along their own road, and driveway. The motorized sweep did a great job manned by local man Michael McKenna – you can see the difference of before and after. Work continues this week and next - all the finishing touches are being attended to now on a day by day basis. Please dispose of your own litter – it is sad to see loads of litter on St. Mary Street – on Sunday morning – utter disregard for any work or effort. We have another week or so to get things ready before the judging season starts in earnest. Litter or dumping issues phone Longford Litter Hotline 1850 434 450 and visit Drumlish Tidy Town’s on Facebook.
Car Boot - Drumlish Area Enhancement: If you are clearing or making space in your garage or shed – we would be happy to receive any recyclable and saleable items that you no longer need or have use for. Contact Dympna 087 9279272 or any member of our Area Enhancement or Tidy Town Team - Items can be collected if necessary...
Titanic Experience & Stormont Parliament: A trip to the above is organised by the retired teachers association and is taking place on Tuesday 25th June. A bus will leave Longford on that day at 8.00am. The approximate cost of the bus and entrance to the Titanic experience will cost €35 subject to numbers. All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All details from Rosemary(evenings only) 087-7589287.
Baptism: Ella Mai Nertney daughter of Eamon and Louise Clonmacart was baptised and welcomed into the faith family of our parish last weekend. We congratulate her parents. No doubt brother Jack and sister Ria are delighted with their new sister.
Ballinamuck Tidy Towns: A tidy up is arranged for Wednesday evening 5th June at 7.30pm starting at the Hall. Hope to see as many as possible out helping.
Bingo: Ballinamuck Bingo takes place every Tuesday night @9pm in the 98 hall. Prize fund €1300 each night
‘98Hall Committee: A meeting of the 98 memorial hall committee will take place this Wednesday the 5th of June @ 9pm , all members are asked to attend .
Playground Fundraising: We are looking for some brave volunteers to help us with our next fundraising initiative! A climb of Croagh Patrick has been arranged for the 7th July 2013, all money raised from sponsorship will go to the Playground fund. We already have a number of volunteers, to whom we are very thankful, but there is always room for more! Anyone who is interested in taking part, for more information, please contact Carmel on 086 3739686, Siobhan on 087 6361085 or Aisling on 0863663901.
Ballinamuck Tidy Towns: Our application has been submitted and so can expect a visit anytime during June, July or August! We respectfully and appreciatively ask all residents to make an extra special effort during this time in the upkeep of the adjudicated areas. Next tidy up June 5th. Keep Ballinamuck Litter Free!
Mission Awareness: A lay member of the Missionary Sisters of St.Peter Claver will be in the parish next weekend June 8/9th. Mary Duignan will speak at all Masses about the sisters’ work for the missions. Your support will be greatly appreciated. There will be a special collection on the day.
VTOS Training: (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme). Are you aged 21 or over, and for 6 months. Either you or your spouse have been in receipt of social welfare payments. Have been signing for credits, Or you are a lone parent, If so you could join the VTOS programme and receive training free of charge. Contact: Adult Education Office, Battery Rd at 043-3345474.
Bright Light’s Festival 2013: Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Diocese are inviting young adults 17 – 30 year olds to Kent, UK to share in a World Youth Day experience from 26th July – 30th July(Taking place all over the World Youth Day Weekend). If you are interested in hearing more contact email@example.com or call 0906473358. Large screen link up with the World Youth Day in Rio. Live bands, Cathechesis, Guest speakers and more. See posters in churches.
Gaels Utd FC: As the season reaches an end it was with great pride that we watched three Gaels Utd teams perform in the finals over the last couple of weeks. U9 Boys - The U9 boys team were in action in the Shield final against Mostrim and what a game it was. Gaels completely dominated at various stages and came close to scoring on numerous occasions. But a combination of the woodwork and great goal keeping by the Mostrim goalkeeper kept Gaels out. However Gaels finally made the breakthrough during the second half with a great goal from Ryan Cunningham who was outstanding throughout. However Mostrim fought hard and with goalkeeper Hussey keeping them in it they grabbed an unlikely equalizer. It got worse for Gaels in extra time as Mostrim scored a soft goal to lead 2-1. Gaels laid siege on the Mostrim goal for the remainder of the match but had to wait till the last 3 minutes for their reward. An equalizer came from Cian Mc Nulty and then with time virtually up, Nathan Ward grabbed the winner for Gaels after a sweeping move. All Gaels Utd players played well on the day and the passing and control was superb at times. Well done to manager Pat Maher and his squad on a great and thrilling win . Squad: Tom Crowe, Cian Mc Nulty, Brendan Naughton , Ryan Cunningham, Nathan Ward, Conor Niblock, Nathan Maher, Eoghan Curwin, Ciaran Reynolds, Keelan Ruske. U11 Girls - The U11 Girls appeared in the Shield final for the second year in a row. They came up against an Olympic team who were a bit too strong on the day and ran out 6-0 winners. However a couple of dubious refereeing decisions had Gaels in disarray early on and they never recovered. However Anna Robinson deserves great credit for bringing her team this far and they had a truly great season winning 10 out of 14 games played. Squad; Kaitlin Lynam, Michelle Hughes, Aoife Keenan, Casey Robinson, Aoife Donnelly, Niamh Mc Cann, Aoife Kane, Leah Keogh and Ciara McKeon. U17 Boys - The U17 boys team have played really well this season and they were rewarded for their efforts when they clinched the Shield trophy after a 4-0 win over a gallant Ballyboro side in the Final at Abbeycartron. Having beaten Ballymahon 7-0 in the semi final and scoring early in that match, it was a case of more of the same as Gaels raced ahead through Niall Heslin. This turned out to be a special day for Niall as he scored all 4 goals for Gaels, ending the season with 22. But Gaels were excellent as a unit and had heroes all round. Well done to managers Darren Fitzgerald (Fitzy) and Brian Courtney , both of whom gave a lot of their time working with the team and turning them into deserving winners. Congratulations to all the lads on their win and for the exemplary way they have represented Gaels Utd during the season. Squad; Kian Brough, Mel Greene, Michael Hughes, Jonathan Connell, Conal Murphy, Aaron Clyne, Kevin Whitney, Leon McKeon, Nigel Kiernan, Jamie King, Brad Byrne, Ryan Magarahan, Niall Heslin, Tommy McGee, Keelan Crowe, James Gorman, Jason Quigley. Thanks to Eamon for sponsoring food after the game.
Cairn Hill Challenge: The first ever Cairn Hill Challenge Road Race took place on Sunday May 5th. In perfect conditions, runners, joggers and walkers took part in both the 10km and 10mile races, with a 3km run for the younger enthusiasts. Results were as follows: 10 mile Mens, 1st John OHanlon, 2nd Patrick Sharkey, 3rd Joe Shiels. Women: 1st Eileen Donohoe, 2nd Carla Quinn, 3rd Aine Duffy. 10km. 10km Mens: 1st, Gary Brady, 2nd Conor Duggan, 3rd Anthony McKeon. Womens: 1st Suzanne O’Beirne, 2nd Carmel Mimnagh, 3rd Georgina Daly. Well done to all Gaels Utd Committee, managers and parents who organized a great day. Thanks to all who patrolled the route, all stewards, Sean and Teresa Whitney Emo Drumlish who sponsored the hundreds of bottles of water on the course and to Dawn, Helena, Bernie and Breda who did Trojan work throughout the day. Well done to everyone who took part in what was a great community event.
Computer classes: Call in or phone Helen on 0433324760 or 0868674162 for details. Also our knitting club is ongoing – new members always welcome.
Heritage: Drumlish Heritage – History: are hosting two events for the Gathering on 21st & 22nd August next – further details visit The Gathering Ireland Website.
SIAMSA!: An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Third to Sixth class. Further information and applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.
Recent Death: The death took place recently of Pat McKeon USA, and formerly Ballincurry Drumlish.(in his 95th Year) To his sister, nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy. Deepest sympathy is also extended to the relations and friends of the late Lizzie Cunningham (nee Donohue) formerly Gaigue, Ballinamuck who died in New York. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anaim dílís.